Genital herpes: Common but misunderstood

Don't assume that genital herpes isn't your concern.

Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted disease that can cause small, painful sores in the genital area. The symptoms may include fever, itching, burning, and trouble urinating. But many people with the disease don't realize it, because either they have only mild or infrequent symptoms, or no symptoms at all. In women, herpes outbreaks can also be mistaken for vaginitis, urinary tract infections, or even hemorrhoids.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »